Thursday, February 02, 2006

I Hate Summer Festival Season...

...because I want to go to all of them.

Last summer, I went to Intonation and one day of Lollapalooza-- both for free, both backstage, and both because they were in Chicago. To be honest with you, I'm not sure I even like festivals unless I have VIP access. Not because it's hot and outdoors, but because you have to sit through a lot of crap you don't want to hear, and it's hard to get remotely close to the best shows. That said, I would still go to Coachella and Bonnaroo. Performances I would like to see appear in bold.

Coachella - Indio, CA:
Saturday, April 29:
Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Common, Damian Marley, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, Ladytron, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, Animal Collective, Hard-Fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Audio Bullys, Imogen Heap, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Editors, stellastarr*, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Pied Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Wolfmother, The Like, Living Things, Nine Black Alps, The Section Quartet, Infadels, Youth Group, Shy FX & T Power, Infusion.

Sunday, April 30:
Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney , Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Gnarls Barkley, Coldcut, Phoenix, Digable Planets, Amadou & Mariam, Little Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, Michael Mayer, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Gabriel & Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, Be Your Own Pet, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project.

The first day of Coachella is definitely stronger overall, but there are still a ton of things I'd like to see on the second day. Tool, though? Seriously, Tool? Why? That's the best they could do to headline the second day? Yipes. Oh well, that would just give me an excuse to get a head start on traffic.

Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
June 16-18
Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phil Lesh and Friends, Beck, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Bonnie Raitt, Death Cab for Cutie, moe., Bright Eyes, The Neville Brothers, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Buddy Guy, Damian Marley, Ben Folds, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dr. John, Matisyahu, G. Love and Special Sauce, My Morning Jacket, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steel Pulse, Mike Gordon and Ramble Dove, Cat Power, Medeski Martin and Wood, Nickel Creek, Gomez, Atmosphere, Steve Earle, Blues Traveler, Amadou & Mariam, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Dresden Dolls, Son Volt, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Jerry Douglas, Soulive, Rusted Root, Devendra Banhart, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mike Doughty, Sasha, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Magic Numbers, Bill Frisell, Seu Jorge, Bettye LaVette, Dungen, Shooter Jennings, Rebirth Brass Band, Robinella, Andrew Bird, Steel Train, Jackie Greene, Devotchka, Wood Brothers, dios (malos), Toubab Krewe, The Motet, Marah, I-Nine, Balkan Beat Box, and Cat Empire. More to come.

Well, it's hard to beat Radiohead, but aside from a handful of other cool bands, it's mostly jam band garbage. That's fine, that's what Bonnaroo has always been about. At least those hippies will be exposed to some other, more interesting music. The one thing I'll give the jam band kids is that they often use it as a springboard to liking more interesting music. I know plenty of Phish-fans-turned-indie-dudes. That said, thank god Widespread Panic isn't on the bill. Ugh.

We should find out about Glastonbury and all of the European festivals in the next couple montns, as well as the remainder of the American shows.

Since I'm moving to Minneapolis soon, I hope and pray that this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival will expand beyond jam bands. Please!


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